Study looks at long-term health of in-vitro children

February 18, 2010 4:51:33 AM PST
In-vitro fertilization has been available in the United States for nearly three decades, and researchers are now checking up on those children conceived through assisted reproductive technologies.

More than 170 people were surveyed for a report in the journal Fertility and Sterility. It finds those conceived through IVF were overall quite similar to other people and maybe even a little bit healthier, with typical rates of obesity, birth defects and cancer.

But researchers did note a higher rate of psychological problems . Nearly one-third were diagnosed with a disorder such as ADHD or depression. Researchers speculate fertility issues my cause greater stress on parents resulting in some behavioral problems among the children.